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First Ever EducationUSA Leadership Institutes Will Bring Government Officials and Higher Education Administrators From 22 Countries to the U.S.

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The U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA Leadership Institutes kicked off this week in Washington, D.C. with an orientation for 39 representatives of governments and higher education institutions from 22 countries around the world. The Leadership Institutes are designed to increase understanding of U.S. higher education and build capacity to facilitate exchanges in the United States within educational systems and campuses worldwide. 

For this inaugural round, participants will complete three-week academic residencies at the following institutions: 10 program participants will focus on both U.S. and international accreditation and quality assurance frameworks at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in Washington, D.C.; 14 participants will explore strategies for collaboration between higher education and the private sector around workforce development, R&D, and curricular reform at the Study Colorado higher education consortium; 15 participants will examine best practices for international student recruitment and retention, as well as strategies for encouraging increased participation in study abroad among U.S. students, at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
The Leadership Institutes are a component of the State Department’s EducationUSA network, which includes hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries around the world that provide prospective international students with accurate, current, and comprehensive information about U.S. higher education while supporting U.S. colleges’ and universities’ international student recruitment efforts. International education prepares students for today’s globalized economy, and develops the relationships between people and communities in the United States and around the world that are necessary to solve global challenges. We encourage more U.S. students to participate in education abroad, and we continue to welcome international students to the United States. Follow the participants on Twitter @ECAatState or #EducationUSA.  


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